New Stove Manufacturing Plant in Zambia
In October 2019, Coleen Stice, Chris Beaty and Doug Klug traveled to Chifundo, Zambia to the campus of Gospelink Zambia. Marjorie Heier, CMO of the Chifundo Health Clinic and Gospelink Zambia, had invited Salama Stoves to come and establish a stove manufacturing plant on campus. Dr. Heier, a family practice physician from Nebraska, was concerned about the health of her patients and was also interested in a business that could help fund medical projects for the health clinic. Gospelink, under the direction of Ron Redlinger, expressed interest in teaching their seminarians job skills they could take back to their villages to help support themselves and the village. Ron hopes that volunteers who come to work at Gospelink will be willing to purchase stoves, install them in village households and witness to the villagers about their Christian faith. There is a move in Zambia to move away from open charcoal cooking so the Salama Stove will be well received as an alternative.
Dr. Stice sent metal working equipment to Chifundo ahead of time so the metal shop was waiting to be installed. Coleen, Chris and Doug along with Justus Muoki from Kenya, spent one VERY busy week with 8 VERY eager students setting up the equipment, instructing them on the use of all the equipment, designing patterns for all the parts, cutting and assembling the parts, working out problems, buying metal and insulation and finally assembling a very good Salama Stove. This all happened in 105 degree heat without air conditioning. The student partners and Gospelink were excellent hosts and made us feel comfortable. The students are all honor students and top of their class, well educated (they all remember their geometry!), eager learners and motivated young men. We expect great things from them.